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Meet Newtown's New Police Chief

Learn more about Newtown Township Police Chief Chris Lunn.

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Though he's been at the department since starting as a patrolman in December 1991, Lunn was unanimously promoted from sergeant to lieutenant by the Board of Supervisors in November 2011. More recently, he was promoted to acting chief after former chief Dennis Anderson's resignation back in November.

Lunn said he has plenty of time during his month as acting chief to get acclimated with the new job.

When did Lunn first become interested in law enforcement?

Since he was in high school, the Delaware County native said he dreamed of being a police officer after his older brother became one.

"I was in high school when I first opened my eyes to the career," he said. "When I went to college, I started taking criminal justice classes and that got me more interested in it."

Lunn graduated from West Chester University in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in liberal studies and minors in criminal justice, sociology and public administration.

He completed his master's degree from West Chester University in 2006.

But what Lunn said is his greatest educational accomplishment was attending a 10-week FBI National Academy program.

"It's a unique experience that not many people in law enforcement have," he said. "There were 250 people in the class and they were from all over the world."

Lunn said he enjoyed swapping stories with all the folks in law enforcement at the program, where somewhere around 25 countries were represented.

What'll he miss most about his old job?

Lunn said he enjoyed working with people.

"I met a lot of interesting people and had a lot of interesting experiences," he said. "I’ve had a lot of positive experiences dealing with the residents of the township."

What does Chief Lunn do in his spare time?

Aside from police work, Lunn enjoys being active and signs up for the Muck Ruckus with a few coworkers each year.

Where can you catch Lunn when he's not behind the desk?

Lunn still goes around town for lunch with coworkers and coffee. He said he looks forward to still seeing some of his acquaintences while grabbing some grub around town.

David C. Couper January 18, 2013 at 03:22 PM
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